Planting seeds of a beautiful new garden in Burntisland

Maxine Walker who is behind the plans for a garden in memory of Margaret McCormick, former depute head teacher at Burntisland Primary School
Maxine Walker who is behind the plans for a garden in memory of Margaret McCormick, former depute head teacher at Burntisland Primary School
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Work to create a garden in memory of a beloved former Burntisland Primary School teacher is being planned in the grounds of the new school.

And, with planting expected to begin soon, the woman behind the project is seeking ideas and volunteers to help, alongside the children at the school who are also being consulted on what they would like to see included.

A social media appeal, mounted by local woman Maxine Walker, whose four children all went to the school, raised £3500 in just four weeks last year. The money will be used to transform a grassy area at the new school in the Toll Park area into a beautiful area featuring things Margaret McCormick, the former depute head loved.

Maxine explained: “Everyone was very generous with their donations, as Margaret was a much-loved teacher who helped many children, myself included, during her time at the school.

“I wanted to let the people who gave money for the project know that things are moving and we will hopefully be getting started on the garden soon, as it will be the time to start planting the flowers and shrubs.

“We will be working with the children to draw up a plan for what they would like included in the garden and, if anyone with any gardening experience would like to become involved in the project, then we would be delighted to hear from them.

“I have spoken to Margaret’s son John who told me about his mum’s favourite flowers, and I visited her old garden to see what it looked like. It had a lovely bird table because she loved birds and a bench which looked out to the Binn Hill where she loved to sit, and along with a plaque, these are things I would love to see included in the new garden, along with areas where the children can plant and grow things and play or just sit and enjoy some quiet time.

“I am very excited about it and can’t wait to get started.”

In the recent school newsletter, Julie Anderson, head teacher, highlighted the garden plans, saying: “Work will start very soon and everyone will have the opportunity to work together in choosing how this money will be spent.”

Anyone who would be interested in helping can contact Maxine on 07414856587.